The Blessing You Won’t Forget Next Time

Omar Suleiman


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Dear brothers and sisters, as things are getting back to normal now for so many, I want us to reflect a little bit further on the discussion that we had last week in the wake of what so many of us encountered of an uncomfortable deprivation, a deprivation of power, a deprivation of water, and uncomfortable deprivation, that ushered in some unexpected blessings for us to think about how we come together as neighbors, how we come together as communities, so that we could take care of each other and take care of those who are not taken care of prior to what had happened. And obviously, the jokes about the Dallas weather, you know, one week it's snow, and it's, you know, one degree the

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next week, it's 75 degrees, and things have gotten back to normal. And of course, we know that there are still many people in our own city that still don't have water, especially again, the refugees and some of the low income complexes that still don't have access to water even at this point. And I wanted us to think about how we take this lesson with us and we propel ourselves forward from now towards Ramadan. Ramadan is only a month and a half away Allahumma boliviana Ramadan Allah subhana wa tada allow us to witness it, and to be forgiven through it, and to be made more grateful and patient through it. And to get closer to Allah subhana wa tada through Allah I mean, and I was

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looking at a few of these narrations and one of them is a very beautiful one where the Prophet sallallahu wasallam expresses how one of the greatest blessings we have in our lives is the way that we go through the cycle in which temporary deprivation of a blessing can lead to permanent changes in our lives to where we appreciate those blessings more. And this is narration that I will not hold the a lot of time on who narrates from the prophets of Allah heart he was settlements in a Timothy remand we'll see what he considers the authentic and while some scholars say the chain is weak, they say the meaning is correct. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Allah Allah Europe be the

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edge Allah Li but a mecca to the Hubba that my lord offered me to preserve presented me the entire valley of Mecca to be turned into gold. Now we know as we spoke about, when Amaro the Allahu anhu saw the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. And the way that he lives it made him cry. The prophets lie Selim continued to maintain poverty, even after he was at the height of his power, complete poverty and the Sahaba felt like they wanted to do more for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Here, we also have of course, where a lot presented the Prophet sallallahu Sallam an opportunity at the end of his life to live much longer. But the prophets lie Selim chose I don't know if he can Allah

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He chose the highest companionship. and in this situation, the prophets lysozyme is saying, not only did you feel like you want to present me more, and you want to build a palace and you feel like I should eat better and live better. My Lord presented me Mecca, the entire valley of Mecca, in the hub in gold. But I responded and I said, lay out what I can ask battle Yeoman, what a jeweler a young man. But I said to my Lord, no, my Lord, I would rather that I am nursed one day and hungry another day, I'm fed one day, and I am hungry another day. So either you're too I don't want to eat a carrot that took a while either Shabbir to Chicago, Touka, Mohammed Touka. I said to my Lord, that

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way, when I am hungry, I will humble myself to you. And I'll remember you as a hungry man. And when I am nourished, I will be grateful to you and increase my praise of you. And so it's healthy for me spiritually. And it's good for us to go through that cycle, where sometimes we have easy access to that blessings. And sometimes, we don't have such easy access to that blessing. And of course, this is one of the blessings of Ramadan as remembering about him a whole lot. As I mentioned, he said that some of the sellers were asked and Nepal thermography says some of the setup, the pious predecessors, were asked why was fasting legislated? And they responded, and they said, Leah, do

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people have any formal jewelry so that the person who is wealthy the person who easily has access to food will taste hunger will taste hunger. So that's the first thing they'll experience what it's like to be hungry. And the second part of this Fed is Elijah air, and they won't forget the hungry. And so it's twofold. On one hand, you won't forget the blessing next time you have it. And the second benefit is that you won't forget those who still don't have the blessing. Okay, again, the first one is that you won't forget the blessing because

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you've tasted what it was like to be away from it. How good were your faucets this week? How did it feel to have access to your clean water? What was it like when your power came back on? What was it like when your water came back on and for those who still don't have it may last time facilitated for you alone, I mean, and facilitated for all of those that don't have access to clean water wherever they are. But what did it feel like to have all of that like poof hamdulillah This is amazing, right? So you take advantage of that blessing. And you take advantage of the moment that you were deprived from it to appreciate it more. That's the first thing you won't forget the

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blessing next time. The second thing is that you won't forget those who don't have the blessing next time.

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And that's a profound experience. Two of those things are both of those things are deeply tied to our taqwa of Allah subhanho wa Taala our consciousness of Allah subhana wa tada and that's the ultimate reason for the legislation of Ramadan, Cookie Van aken mausoleum Can I put you right under the name and political nanocomposites upon so you become more conscious of Allah. And in order to become more conscious of Allah you become more conscious of the blessings of Allah upon you so directs you back to a loss of Hannah hotel and you become more conscious of those who don't have those blessings so readily available to them and so you're activated towards them. And that also

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brings you back to Allah subhana wa tada Allah, Allah contest Quran because those are acts of gratitude that bring you back to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And somehow this is true for the material things and for the things that aren't as easily identifiable. So for example, Alonzo Joseph says, When I tell him will be habla hegemony and whether it's a fatwa coup, while the Quran elemental law he is going to murder and for Allah for being Nakuru become for us bottom be near Mati horna. Allah reminds the companions, Allah reminds the people remember before Islam, you were at each other's throats, you hated each other, you were enemies, and it was by the blessing of Allah subhanho wa

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Taala, that you became brothers, don't forget that blessing of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon you so that when you start to feel that the shape on is once again, driving those wedges between you as brothers and sisters, you go back what guru, Allah, Allah says, Remember, go back and actually reflect on those days and remember, what did it feel like? It felt like a good idea to be a little bit more aggressive. It felt like a good idea to increase the conflict, I've got to do this. But Allah says remember how much that time period actually stunk. You did not like that time period, you hated that you hated being at each other's throat, the discomfort of having that enmity. Remember

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the blessing of Allah subhanaw taala upon you, when he brought you back together, he brought you together, be heavily law with the Quran. So inshallah to Allah as things do resume back to normal business nahi Tada. And they start to bring us back to where some of the social distancing, hopefully within atana will start to see you know, relaxing of some of those restrictions start to see some of it coming back. Let's remember that blessing of Allah subhanho wa Taala for the things that are easily identifiable like our food and our drink, and for the other things that are not as easily identifiable, but are also just as important, like our relationships with one another, and

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the things that we do to stay close to one another, where Allah subhanho wa Taala is the only one who descends that through his Allah subhanho wa Taala through His mercy, may Allah subhanho wa Taala keep our hearts connected to him. Keep our hearts connected to each other. May Allah Subhana Allah make us amongst those that are grateful to him and respond with that gratitude with added prayers and with added praise. And they have lost some kind of want to add to make us amongst those that are grateful to him. And that we respond by working acts of gratitude towards those that don't have the same access to those blessings that we so often take for advance that we so often take for granted.

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